Maphalaleni school to open in 2019
EMPHUMELELWENI High School will operate from next year.
Former Maphalaleni MP Mabulala Maseko said teachers’ houses were being built, adding that they could house not less than four teachers.
Other developments that have taken place, according to Maseko, included fencing of the school.
Electricity and water was already available, according to the former MP. The school has 10 toilets already; four will be reserved for girls and the same number of toilets for boys, and teachers have been allocated two toilets.
He said they would now approach the ministry of education and training and inform them that they had made all the preparations at the school.
They would further ask the ministry to provide teachers to the school. Maseko said they needed six teachers to teach at the school, including the principal who should already be at the school to start making preparations for next year.
Maseko said three classrooms were now ready to accommodate pupils from primary schools within the three chiefdoms (Maphalaleni, Mfeni, and Mcengeni).
He said the school would only admit Form One pupils and other classes would be introduced as the years progressed.
The school was supposed to start working when schools opened for the year 2018.
Minister of Education and Training Dr. Phineas Magagula, when he went to inspect the construction of the school in August last year, said the plan was to ensure that at least by this time, part of the school should be operational.
According to reports, the problem was that the ministry of education and training was sorting out problems pertaining to teachers’ posts.
The deadline for such was eventually shifted to April this year. However, the April deadline has passed without the problems being solved.
The school is situated at Mfeni, which is under the leadership of acting Chief Albert Nkambule.
This means primary schools situated in the three chiefdoms mentioned above were the ones that were supposed to directly benefit from the existence of the high school.
Currently, there are about 17 primary schools and three high schools in the Maphalaleni Inkhundla, which includes 10 chiefdoms.
This makes the situation, in terms of education access, bad because many young girls end up getting married at a very young age because they have nowhere to go after completing their primary education.
Boys end up doing something not acceptable because they have difficulties in accessing their high school education.
GOOD NEWS: Former Maphalaleni MP Mabulala Maseko.